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Humor in the Workplace: What Managers Should Know

Humor in the Workplace: What Managers Should Know

When in a work environment, it can be easy to rely on humor to create and maintain working relationships with your employees. While certain environments will permit humor more than others, it’s critical that a company’s leadership team has a firm handle on what is and...
A Brief History of the Department of Labor

A Brief History of the Department of Labor

America’s first step toward creating the Department of Labor as we know it today took place in 1884 with the passage of Bureau of Labor Act. That law created the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to gather data on labor and employment in the country; BLS still exists...

3 Reasons Why Unionization Can Be Helpful to an Employer

Happiness.  Growth.  Fulfillment.  These three words describe what every employee is looking for in a job.  With the enactment of the NLRA in 1935, laborers have been properly represented and vouched for by unions in a way that keeps their best interest in mind....
The History of Labor Day

The History of Labor Day

In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, Americans worked twelve-hour days for seven days a week to make a decent living. The working conditions weren’t safe, as everyone worked in unsafe conditions, weren’t given proper breaks, and the areas weren’t very sanitary....
Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938. It establishes a minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. For the past 80 years, this law has...